Sony announces 'Move', a motion based controller at GDC

Sony has launched the motion remote control, called PlayStation Move, for the PS3 at GDC, quoting the price to be “under $100 (US).”  The starter kit will come with the PlayStation Eye (camera), the motion remote control and a game.  The PlayStation Eye is used to track the motions of the controller.

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Sony confirms the latency for the motion controller is similar to that of the DualShock 3 controller, allowing gamers to play games without any delay.  The motion remote works very much like the Nintendo Wii controller, where users move their arms and hands, as if they were actually playing the sport or performing the activity.

Sony was quoted saying this is the “next generation of motion gaming” and the motion controller becomes an “extension of your body.”  Sony says they are handling this like a major console release, expecting this to be the next generation of gaming, so expect to see this around the holiday season.

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looks ugly, and 100 its so expensive for a single controller...

but the control layout it seems better than the wii at least

bushbrother said,
Can anyone say "Nintendo Lawsuit"?

No basis for a lawsuit if the technology is engineered in a way that doesn't require a 'sensor bar' to be placed on or near your television set.

Wonder what the battery life will be on a single charge because of the L.E.D. or whatever illuminates the bulb on the end.. Hopefully they have a battery built in, as with the standard remote..

That ball is so extremely ugly. I wonder if they did that because they're afraid to get sued by Nintendo if they'd make it look more like a WiiMote.

RuuddieBoy said,
That ball is so extremely ugly. I wonder if they did that because they're afraid to get sued by Nintendo if they'd make it look more like a WiiMote.

I presume it's because it was the easiest way to get the Playstation Eye to track the controller.

It is very ugly and is not a cool ergonomic design. They should make that eye smaller and internal, or on a front bus.

Plus, I believe it will be ultralightweight, thing that I dislike from the PS3. I really like the weight that Wii and 360 have, since I can feel I "am" touching something, and not just a piece of crap that feels like it can be broken at any moment.

the main thing I do not like, the big red/blue etc nob on the end of the controller it just looks wrong.

and from the demo shown on gamestop you need two of these for some of the games they were showing. so for a two player game you would need four of these??

Okay, I have a PS3, Wii and 360. But this stuff just screems "Let's take the camera from Natal and the motion tracking from Wiimote and call it the Playstation Move, yeah, people will love it"

Klethron said,
Okay, I have a PS3, Wii and 360. But this stuff just screems "Let's take the camera from Natal and the motion tracking from Wiimote and call it the Playstation Move, yeah, people will love it"

The Wii mote part, yeah, definitely copied.

I wouldn't exactly call it copying natal's camera though, as its concept seems to clearly be from the Eye Toy camera which has been around since the PS2.

kraized said,
Are you able to buy it without the Playstation Eye bundled in? I already have one. :/

There are different bundles. There's just the remote controller, there's the Eye + Controller and then there's PS3 + Eye + Controller

I'm quite in the opinion of that if you wanted to move whilst playing a sport game, wouldn't you want to go outside and play it in the real world?

I think the only reason i would get this would be to play Tiger Woods PGA Tour. Don't have the time or skill to go play real golf :p

While I think this is a direct Wii rip, Sony's logic against Natal makes a bit of sense. Do you really want to wave your arms around instead of holding something physical?

While I think a nintendo console is always worthy just because mario and zelda and sony's move with Move (sorry) won't be as revolutionary since Wii already done that, Move will appeal to those who wanted next generation gaming both ways (motion controlled high definition games, yeah). I can't see the hardcore gamers on PS3 NOT adopting it... I mean, add 3D Blu-ray to the mix and you have virtual reality first-person shooters, racing games and whatever else the developers can squeeze outta their minds. I can just hope for a more competitive pricing because PS3 seems to have everything else I want.

"Sony was quoted saying this is the “next generation of motion gaming”'

Yes indeed. And how long has Nintendo already had this technology on the market?

This technology? Never.

This uses different technologies that make it better. They might share the accelerometer tech though.

bolix said,
This technology? Never.

This uses different technologies that make it better. They might share the accelerometer tech though.

It better top the wiimote. Hell, the wii was released almost 4 years ago.

I guess the question on everyones mind: was the motion controller wii thing a momentary gaming fad and MS and Sony are late to the game? Or was the Wii just the beginning to something that is going to be evolving over the coming years?

ahhell said,
Women are going to be buying them by the truck load.

LOL

Comes with "Massage Mode w/ Heat" when not "playing"

ooh I'm good!

ahhell said,
Women are going to be buying them by the truck load.

LOL

I can SEE kids getting traumatized...

Mom? Moooooom?! Where's my Move?

In a minute johnny, in a minute...

humanz. said,

Comes with "Massage Mode w/ Heat" when not "playing"

ooh I'm good!


and why can't we play in the vibraheatshock mode? I, for one, as a game developer would invest in a hardcore women/gay/open-minded-men audience with a whole new era of erotic games. :P

Pablo Sotomayor said,

I can SEE kids getting traumatized...

Mom? Moooooom?! Where's my Move?

In a minute johnny, in a minute...


You're fcking right. You know, that's why I hate ignorant people. They don't know what the hell they are buying.

Edited by Jose_49, Mar 11 2010, 11:06am :

thextinct said,
oh Sony! why Wii!

At least it's an alternative, and not the main control scheme. Still, I can't wait to play RE5 with it. RE4: Wii Edition is still the best in the series just for the controls.

While I don't believe too much in "natal", if MS or Sony's idea is really going to take off I don't think it's "move". Too similar to the Wii at least MS came out with something new

Rudy said,
While I don't believe too much in "natal", if MS or Sony's idea is really going to take off I don't think it's "move". Too similar to the Wii at least MS came out with something new

Playstation Move also does camera tracking/games, not only motion controller

bolix said,

Playstation Move also does camera tracking/games, not only motion controller
Read my post, I said Too similar to the Wii not exactly like the wii

I seem to remember Sony ragging on the Wii's "gimmicky" controller. This looks like a direct rip of it to me.

GreyWolf said,
I seem to remember Sony ragging on the Wii's "gimmicky" controller. This looks like a direct rip of it to me.

That's because as much as I love Sony, it is a direct rip off. LOL!. There's damn near nothing different here.

Spirit Dave said,
There's damn near nothing different here.

Well, there is a difference. The Wii uses a sensor bar to detect movement from the Wiimote; the PS3 uses the PlayStation Eye camera to detect the "Move", which whatever way you put it, isn't a good start.

MightyJordan said,

Well, there is a difference. The Wii uses a sensor bar to detect movement from the Wiimote; the PS3 uses the PlayStation Eye camera to detect the "Move", which whatever way you put it, isn't a good start.

They pretty much are the same. the 'sensor bar' is actually just an IR LED strip that a sensor inside the wiimote reads (in early demos it looked like it may have just been a webcam, later replaced with a opaque sensor that was aesthetically better for the wiimote design)

MightyJordan said,

Well, there is a difference. The Wii uses a sensor bar to detect movement from the Wiimote; the PS3 uses the PlayStation Eye camera to detect the "Move", which whatever way you put it, isn't a good start.

Awesome difference hehe. It's a Wiimote, give or take some design changes. Oh, and you can use two of them for different games. Which I'm sure you can for the Wii too. So not really sure why Sony are saying it's the next generation of gaming if they slated the Wii remote idea when it came out. If they said "It's a new side step to gaming" they'd be kind of standing to a degree by what they said before. But they're basically ripping off Nintendo and claiming it as their own. In full view of the 60 million people who have bought a Nintendo Wii so far. lol. Cashing in is all. I wont buy it. I have a Wii and I have a PS3 and I have an Xbox, and they all do what they already do perfectly well.

Wow Sony just blatently ripped off Nintendo. Are you kidding me? I don't care how accurate it is, "next generation" controller my ass.

The video didn't show much, but this should be pretty cool. Obviously taking what the Wii pioneered to the next level (with video and voice). Like with anything else though the games will prove if it's worth all the fuss.